Just now as I was driving home after delivering Meals on Wheels, I passed someone on our road driving an ATV with a raccoon on his head. I don’t mean one of those Davy Crockett coonskin caps. No, I’m talking a full size, real-looking raccoon, complete with head, body and tail. I’m supposing it was a taxidermy project because I couldn’t find anything online that looked remotely like this. (If anyone looked at the search history on my computer they’d really think I’d lost my mind.)
Once again I find myself feeling slightly out of step with the culture of this part of the country. Just like I couldn’t imagine seeing roadkill and thinking “gift for David”, I can’t imagine looking at a dead raccoon and thinking, “what a lovely summer hat that would make”.